About Us

About Us

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia is the leading authority for Aboriginal health in Western Australia. We exist to support and act on behalf of our 23 Member Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) across the state, offering support, advocacy and influence; building capacity, and strengthening the Sector to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people and their communities. 

Central to this work is striving to support and promote the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector Model of Care, a model that is built around the delivery of comprehensive, holistic and culturally secure primary health care services. Our vision is for Aboriginal people to enjoy the same level of health and wellbeing as all Western Australians. We work to enhance and promote the ACCHS Model of Care as best practice primary health care for Aboriginal people and communities, and support and strengthen our Member Services to achieve excellence in the delivery of health care services.

AHCWA leads and influences the state and national Aboriginal policy agenda as determined by our Member Services. We work to grow and advance the capacity and capability of AHCWA and our Member Services for long term sustainability.

Constitution

AHCWA operates under its own constitution that defines its objectives and identifies three distinct areas of network operations.

Strategic Plan

AHCWA’s Strategic Plan is built on four pillars: Enhance and Promote, Support and Strengthen, Lead and Influence, Grow and Advance.

Vision and Mission

AHCWA envisions that Aboriginal people enjoy the same level of health and wellbeing as all Western Australians. We promote the ACCHS’ Model of Care, empowering Aboriginal people to achieve health equality.

Model of Care

Our organisational values are centred in culture, integrity, passion, collaboration, accountability and resilience.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Model of Care

Our organisational values are centred in culture, integrity, passion, collaboration, accountability and resilience. 

  • Culture – Acknowledging and understanding the importance and diversity of Aboriginal culture in all that we do.
  • Integrity – working with personal and collective integrity whilst striving to achieve service excellence for our Members and community. 
  • Passion – Exhibiting passion, positivity and commitment in all that we do to inspire and empower all people, Member Services and communities to reach their potential. 
  • Collaboration – Fostering and contributing to shared objectives through inclusiveness and engagement with our Member Services.
  • Accountability – Being accountable to all our Members, stakeholders and the community. 
  • Resilience – Embracing challenges and harnessing opportunities to empower our communities for self-determination. 

Organisational Values

As the peak body for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across Western Australia, AHCWA exists to support our Member Services in delivering comprehensive primary health care effective for Aboriginal people and their communities. Strength in culture, community control and self-determination underpin everything we do, we understand that when services for Aboriginal people are led and delivered by Aboriginal people, the outcomes are always better.

Learn More & Donate

You can donate to AHCWA here

In order to support a stronger Aboriginal community controlled sector, and to deliver on its commitments under the National Agreement, the Western Australian Government has funded AHCWA to establish a second formal Aboriginal community controlled peak body. As the targets of the National Agreement aim to close the gap in outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians in many socio-economic areas, the new Aboriginal community controlled peak body has a social services focus. 

You can find out more about the ACCO Social Services Peak Body here.